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Idaho Congresswoman To Marry

June 29, 1999

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth, a staunch opponent of federal control of land and resources in the West, is planning to marry a leader of the Sagebrush Rebellion.

No date was set for a wedding with Wayne Hage of Tonopah, Nev.

``Helen’s really excited, being engaged,″ campaign spokesman Graham Paterson said late Monday. ``It’s for certain.″

Chenoweth, 61, has earned a national reputation for her ardent stance against federal control of land and has been an eminent spokeswoman for the Sagebrush Rebellion and its supporters.

Hage, 62, of Tonopah, the philosophical leader of the Sagebrush Rebellion, maintains that state and federal laws dating back to 1866 gave ranchers control over land in the West long before the national forests were created and federal grazing laws were passed.

Hage sued the U.S. Forest Service in 1991 after rangers confiscated and sold 108 head of his cattle. He had been charged with repeated grazing law violations.

Chenoweth, who campaigned on family values and first won office after the disclosure of an opponent’s illicit affair, admitted in 1998 that she had a six-year affair with a married man in the 1980s, after her divorce from her first husband.

She said that at the time she was a private citizen and single, a situation markedly different from that of President Clinton, whose resignation she sought over the Monica Lewinsky affair.

Chenoweth and her first husband, Nick Chenoweth, had a son and a daughter.

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